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Ecuador shrimp farmers manage to recover mangroves by Silvina Corniola March 28,2012   |  Source: FIS

Through the reforestation plan, the Ecuadorian shrimp industry managed to recover 1.6 per cent of the total area of the existing mangroves in 1999.

According to figures from the latest report of the Centre for Integrated Natural Resource Mapping by Remote Sensing (Clirsen), the mangrove reached an increase of 2,500 hectares, representing 1.6 per cent of the total area recorded in 1999 (about 148,483 ha).

While shrimp farmers are seen as responsible for the depredation, now they seem to be the most committed to the mangrove recovery and to logging control.

This is because they became aware of the crucial role played by mangroves in water quality, the stability of the coastline and mainly, in the control exercised in the distribution of nutrients, which may even improve the quality of shrimp, Diario Hoy reported.

But this change also stems from the Fisheries and Fisheries Development Act, passed in 2008, which established the renewal of license agreements for the shrimp firms.

Then, the shrimp farm regularization project established the verification of the licenses of beaches, bays and areas granted to the shrimp firms in the coastal region of Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Manabí, Guayas and El Oro), which have occupied a larger area than that granted by law.



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